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Claytor Lake State ParkClaytor Lake State Park is located along the shore of scenic Claytor Lake. The 4500-acre lake was created in 1939 when the Claytor Lake Dam was built on the New River to produce electricity for the Appalachian Power Company. Claytor Lake State Park is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and forested mountains.

Claytor’s hiking trails allow guests to view the various birds and other wildlife species that inhabit the park’s mixed woodlands. The lake itself is home to wide variety of game fish species, including bass, perch, catfish and sunfish. It features the only full service marina in the state park system.

Special events offered annually in the park include the Earth Day Celebration, Celebration of Summer Festival and the end of the summer Beach Bash. Park guests can relax on the beach, hike the park trails and enjoy a variety of water-related recreational activities.

Directions: From I-81, take Exit 101 (Claytor Lake) to State Park Road (State Route 660). State Park Road ends at the park's entrance.

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For more information regarding Claytor Lake State Park visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/cla.shtml.

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